Psychological and Psycho-Educational Assessments

  • Our assessments focus on the child's strengths as well as difficulties.
  • We strongly rely on parent and teacher feedback to better understand your child so that we can cater our recommendations to your circumstances. 
  • We use the most accurate and widely recognised tools available.
  • Reports are accepted all over the world and can help in USA, UK, Australia, etc. for educational accommodations and insurance coverage.

Full Psychoeducational Assessment includes

4 hours with child (may be longer or shorter depending on age and ability and may be broken up into several days)

IQ: WPPSI IVWISC V or WAIS V (depending on age)

Achievement: WIAT III

Social/Behavioral Questionnaires: BASC: parent and teacher (up to 3 teachers)

Adaptive: Vinelands III

Executive Functioning: Delis Rating of Executive Functions (D-REF™)

Emotional: Beck Depression Inventory and Beck Anxiety Inventory (for children ages 7 and up)

Report: Comprehensive findings, Background, Conclusions, assessment of Strengths and Challenges, Diagnosis, and Recommendations (about 20-30 pages), Plus Appendices of Assessment Findings

1 hour Debrief with parents and child (parents are also able to invite teachers)

Autism Spectrum Assessment includes:

3 hour parent interview: ADI 

1-2 hour child interview: ADOS

Parent Adaptive Functioning Questionnaire: Vinelands III

Report: Comprehensive findings, Background, Conclusions, Assessment of Strengths and Challenges, Diagnosis, and Recommendations (about 20-30 pages)

1 hour Debrief with parents and teen (not younger children) 

IQ Test only includes:

2 hours with child

WPPSI IVWISC V or WAIS V (depending on age)

Results reviewed with parents the same day as assessment

Report sent via email (about 10 pages)

Does not include diagnosis, Recommendations or Conclusions

Specific Learning Differences Profile (OT and SLP included):

3 individual assessments from 3 disciplines synthesised into one cohesive report

(Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist and a Doctoral Psychologist)

IQ: WPPSI IVWISC V or WAIS V (depending on age)

Achievement: WIAT III

Social/Behavioral Questionnaires: BASC: parent and teacher (1 teacher)

Adaptive: Vinelands III

Occupational Therapy Assessment: Movement ABC / Sensory Profile or Sensory Processing Measure / Developmental Test of Visual Perception / Detailed Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (as appropriate). May also consider Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests in some cases.

Speech and Language Assessment: Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals Preschool / Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals / Test for Auditory Comprehension of Language / Preschool Language Scales / Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation

Please note: 

  • Assessments after school are counter-productive due to effort required and fatigue
  • Assessments take place Thursday and Friday mornings at Central from 10am-2pm
  • We schedule 4 hours for all Psychoeducational Assessments and Specific Learning Difference Profiles, 10am-2pm
  • If it takes longer or we need to end early due to fatigue, we will reschedule at a later date at no extra cost
  • Child should be well rested and bring snacks and anything else that makes them feel comfortable
  • All assessments take 2-4 weeks to write
  • Assessments will not be mailed to schools and are families' confidential information unless requested in writing
  • We believe that a team approach to assessment is best practice for comprehensive, well reasoned, conclusions, recommendations and possible diagnosis.

At SPOT we aim to be as accurate and comprehensive as possible. That is why, unlike any other practice, we have a team of clinicians meeting with your child for every assessment. This ensures that your child is considered through multiple lenses and varying opinions so that we can come to an in-depth conclusion not just based on one person's impressions, but an entire team.

The Assessment Team is supervised by the Director of Psychological Services, Dr. Amanda Oswalt Visher. The clinical staff of Psychological Residents are fully trained and qualified in assessments and reports. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

 
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Our Occupational Therapist developed an in-depth understanding of my child's needs and took time to help me understand those needs and to explain what was happening in the sessions and why.

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